“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Iraq & US Going Their Own Way Together?

Today while the President was saying he is not satisfied with the situation in Iraq and that a change of tactics are forthcoming, Nouri al-Maliki voiced dissatisfaction with a US raid on Sadr City:

In Baghdad, the Iraqi leader took a hard slap at the United States for a raid by U.S. and Iraqi forces on the stronghold of a Shiite militia led by a radical anti-American cleric on whom Al-Maliki relies for political support. Al-Maliki said the raid "will not be repeated."

Al-Maliki also criticized the top U.S. military and diplomatic representatives in Iraq for saying his government needed to set a timetable to curb violence in the country. "I affirm that this government represents the will of the people and no one has the right to impose a timetable on it," he said.

So, what should the United States do next? Over at, Daniel Pipes offers an alternative strategy for Iraq. He says that we should let the Iraqis handle their own security while we withdraw to the desert, maintain territorial security, and keep the oil flowing. He also points out that we should stop building the biggest embassy in the history of mankind which we have already poured a billion dollars into. He concludes with this statement:
The idea has developed since World War II that when the United States protects its interests by invading a country, it then has a moral obligation to rehabilitate it. This "mouse that roared" or "Pottery Barn rule" assumption is wrong and needs to be re-evaluated. Yes, there are times and places where rehabilitation is appropriate, but this needs to be decided on a case-by-case basis, keeping feasibility and American interests strictly in mind. Iraq – an endemically violent country – fails on both counts.
If we hear much more of this kind of talk from al-Maliki, Daniel Pipes will look prescient.


  1. The US has an option in it's kit that works. It works in the same since and with the same effectiveness that the Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawed war. Kellogg-Briand
    Maliki is now in the "wet room" getting ready to be hosed by our special team of "diplomats".
    The reticle is being sighted in this very minute in Tampa or Quantico. Of course I speak of the FULL METAL JACKET he's about to receive. Diem found out as DR said just the other day. You do it our way. We don't expend our treasure and men to let the first guy in office diss us.
    In California Nguyen Cao Ky Nquyen is shuttering the windows of his grocery/liquor store in preparations to take over as leader of Iraq once the wet work is done. He'll be known as Iraq-Ky He's fully qualified because he doesn't know a word of the language either.
    Not until we get enough oil out of the ground will we leave. Plus the Embassy,plus having to take care of Iran with Israel's leadership. we don't deserve no diss'in.

  2. Whit,

    re: US Embassy a.k.a. "The Big Dig Above Ground"

    Whit, please, think this through. The State Department has spent one BILLION dollars on this puppy. Following the retro-Powell Doctrine, "If you built it, you were dumb," the embassy will be home, sweet home. Furthermore, it is the largest insane asylum in the world; that being the case, who better to occupy it than Condi's kids. Finally, and this is oh so important, State Department personnel transferred from all over the world will be working in Baghdad, where the unguarded life expectancy of an infidel is 3 seconds.

    Whit, this is the best news I've heard all day. Life is good. B'crats roasting on an open fire, Jihadis nipping at their nose...